Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Spooky World 101 (Or Lessons Learned By A 14-Year-Old Boy)

Our local Boys and Girls Club graciously offered to take a bunch of the teens to Spooky World last week. Surprisingly, my son was among them. There were a few years there when I wanted to take my kids, but thought the ghosts and gobblies that pop out from every direction, and the gruesome rides and attractions would be way too much for tender young hearts (can you just IMAGINE the amount of Monster Spray I'd need after that excursion? Oy!). But, my son decided he was old enough (and brave enough), and joined his friends. Another rite of passage for him, I guess. Be still, my quivering Mama's heart.

He actually said he had a really good time, too. Maybe TOO good. His new "idea" is to stay home and scare the holy crap out of all the little ones as they step onto our front porch. His plan? To hang out on the recesses of our front porch (which is shaped like a LONG rectangle, with the front doors on one end of the porch), and stay perfectly still, until an unsuspecting little one climbs our stairs to Trick-or-Treat us -- then he's going to pounce.

He thought that was a terrific idea. I was horrified. I told him, "How would you like it if someone did that to your little sister?" I guess that image was too much for him to bear, because now he's going to stay home (he feels he's gotten too "big" for Trick-or-Treating now... another rite of passage.... I tell ya, I don't know how much more of this I can take! :), and simply pass out the candy to the little ones.

I thought I was being the good doobie mom by preventing him to do something as sinister as that, but I spoke to a friend of mine (who's a decade older than my son), who said he's planning on doing the exact same thing. And then, I remembered.... my brother (who's 52) does something similar, as well.

Hmmmm.... maybe it's a "guy" thing.

I know it's definitely NOT a "mom" thing!


Karyn said...

he'll come up with a better way to scare people and have a blast.

Don said...

Yep! That's men (boys) for ya. Though I've done that in the past. I'm actually not going to be doing it this year... got other plans. :)

Mama C. said...

I think I might say okay...as long as he knows not to be too gruff or too "scary" with the little ones.

He's got such a good heart, that I know he wouldn't want to intentionally frighten away little ones. Sorta reminds me of another cute guy I know! ;)

Michelle D. said...

Tyler was just talking about this on Sunday. He remembers a house in our neighborhood from last years trick or treating that did something similar. SIGH! I don't get it :)

Reddirt Woman said...

We had a balcony over our front door and one year my baby brother and I got in deep trouble for climbing out the window onto the balcony and dropping water balloons onto the porch by the trick or treaters...

It was worth it.


Final score:Boys 5 Girls 0 said...

my dad used to dress up for halloween as dracula and hide in the entry way door...he used to scare the livin daylights out of even older people..I just hope that no one tries to scare Tate..or they will have ME to deal with!!